Co-Operatives in the Borough

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Co-Operatives in the Borough

Postby Rocker » Fri May 09, 2014 11:01 am

Now that the recession has hit so hard there are loads of empty units in the town. We got chatting the other day and got on to the subject of co-operatives. I don't know much about the subject but, in the last few years travelling in poorer countries I have been struck by the amount of small ventures in tiny towns selling everything one would want. In a real hick town in slovakia (I think) we got chatting to the shop workers and found out it was a co operative of sorts. The farmers, local craftspeople, garment makers, boot makers had all got a big warehouse type premises in the town centre (for a song)...banded together and opened a shop where everyone for miles around gets everything they want. If they haven't got it just then they will make it up later or go out to their farm and dig it up. A committee ran it. Good financial people in the town looked after the finances and everyone was getting by and everyone was getting a living with dignity.

As an aside Ben Dunne..whom I greatly admire was on the radio the other day and thinks retail will shortly become a thing of the past...someone will open giant warehouses for dry goods and people will shop on line...Amazon like..could be...but everyday fresh produce will be needed and social interaction.

I'm thinking a "Fesh co=operative Town Centre" in Dún Laoghaire something like the Dandelion market of yesteryear....not the arty farty farmers markets that they have in the parks on the weekends but something like the English market in Cork...run by the people for the people.

Any ideas??????
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Re: Co-Operatives in the Borough

Postby bugrock » Fri May 09, 2014 3:20 pm

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Re: Co-Operatives in the Borough

Postby grammer » Fri May 09, 2014 5:16 pm

Good topic Rocker
Co-ops I read somewhere were big around country towns here in the middle to late 1800s.
totally agree with you about the arty farty stalls in the park -rip off-----
peoples shopping habits are changing alright -
a lot of people are going from shop to shop -some items in Aldi/Lidl some items in Tesco/Dunnes. no more so called lolalty
Shopping online is the way forward -----
anything from a plug to freezer-delivered to your door -
and despite the --"oh you only get rubbish etc" and you have no comeback --you do.

=However I would'nt somehow look on Ben Dunne as a man of the people
same with the other guy who used to sell apples from a barrow. :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol:
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Re: Co-Operatives in the Borough

Postby Micheál » Fri May 09, 2014 6:01 pm

Might that be the same Ben "Big Fella" Dunne who was so generous to our Taoiseach back in the day?

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Re: Co-Operatives in the Borough

Postby Sinead » Fri May 09, 2014 7:05 pm

Rocker:

Check out Horace Plunkett and you will learn all you need
to know about 'co-ops'. He is the daddy of them and he has
a local connection as well.

Think carefully before you go into anything, they take a
lot of work and 'co-operation' but someone has to be in
charge.

It is a great idea if you can pull it off.

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Re: Co-Operatives in the Borough

Postby Rocker » Fri May 09, 2014 10:10 pm

Thanks for that Sinead,

I had heard the name Horace Plunkett but, knew nothing about him.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Horace_Plunkett
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Re: Co-Operatives in the Borough

Postby grammer » Fri May 09, 2014 11:45 pm

Good luck Rocker in your ambitions :D :D :D :D
has a good ring to it.
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Re: Co-Operatives in the Borough

Postby grammer » Fri May 09, 2014 11:48 pm

Just a little addition -at least it will be a Co-Op of things that the public would want or need
not like that whats it called down at Park House.
See the have a footpath sign outside -hope they have paid the fee- :mrgreen: :mrgreen:
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